Sami Blood mostly reminded me of the wealth of perspectives that cinema still has to show us. Not only the Sami people of who I knew nothing, but the way Elle Marja's story, writ in pain, defied the reconciliation narrative that is usually the template. And because of Sparrok's giving and vulnerable performance, the way we feel her desire as both empowering and tragic.
Sameblod should be obligatory watching in the Nordic countries, so that we too can face our unpleasant past. But it’s not just educational film about racism, Sameblod is as much a coming-of-age story, a quest for identity and all the painful issues that it carries with it (of course in this case as a part of an oppressed minority). Kernell’s film succeeds as a combination of social and personal history.
Recomendado como testimonio infame sobre una sociedad de casta colonizadora oprimiendo contra las sociedades periféricas. No hay que remontarnos muchos al pasado para ver a la nación sueca agrediendo a tradiciones ajenas. Por lo resto, "Sami blood" es una remembranza al terruño, al desencanto, evocándose a la reconciliación con lo propio.
Seamlessly written and compellingly directed by Amanda Kernell, who causes a very much positive impression in her debut feature, “Sami Blood” is a tale of rebellion, ambition, perseverance, and forgiveness, told with a Scandinavian tranquility and sustained by a top-quality performance by the young newcomer Lene Cecilia Sparrok. (3.5 stars)
Is this film well made? I think it's the wrong question to ask, but to answer it: yes, this film is well made. But that doesn't matter, because I agree with it. And because I agree with the thesis my opinion of the technique doesn't matter. I think it has some of the most lyrical cinematography since Bo Widerberg in the Swedish cinema but it doesn't matter because I agree with it. It's all symbol and no story.